What is idiopathic infertility?
The term unexplained or idiopathic infertility means that current technology does not have the tools for revealing the cause of infertility. A fertility specialist works with idiopathic infertility regularly and will be able to provide options for treatment.
A fertility specialist will eliminate causes for infertility such as:
- Regular ovulation
- Good ovarian reserves
- Healthy open fallopian tubes
- Uterine fertility issues.
- Normal semen (total count, sperm mobility and modality)
- Underlying undiagnosed disease (non-reproductive issues such as diabetes, thyroid, autoimmune issues)
- Sperm allergy
- Egg quality
There are many causes of infertility. What might seem simple when one thinks of conception is actually a very detailed process. There are literally hundreds of molecular and biochemical events that must happen perfectly to have a pregnancy develop.
Types of tests
The standard tests for infertility look for obvious factors, such as blocked tubes, abnormal sperm counts, ovulation problems, Unexplained infertility rests neither with the male or female. Both partners will be examined, questioned and tested.
Treatment options for unexplained infertility
The treatment for unexplained infertility includes expectant observation with timed intercourse and lifestyle changes, cigarette smoking, abnormal body mass index (BMI), and excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption reduce fertility in the female partner. That knowledge hopefully will be the impetus for the female to make the necessary lifestyle changes. There are a number of options including medications, intrauterine insemination (IUI), controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) with IUI, and IVF.
If you have been diagnosed with idiopathic or unexplained infertility, contact us to understand what treatment options may be available.